27 Frames – Professional photographers and single-use cameras – a fantastic project


An idea that became an experiment. The desire to move a bit further away from the glossy perfection of an Instagram account and to get a bit closer to the essential…

That’s the way Matt Titone felt as he launched his very special art project – he decided to send some single-use cameras away to some of his favorite photographers. They were supposed to create pictures – without being able to make any configuration at all.

Many participated at this experiment. Titone presents the outcome in the “Think Tank Gallery” in Los Angeles in his photo exhibition titled “27 Frames” .

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Ren Hang – Remembering a great photographer


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On 23 February 2017 the sad news of Ren Hang’s death was published in many different art magazines and newspapers. The Chinese photographer, who with his emotional, special and highly aesthetic analogue photographs counts among the most prominent representatives of the new, word-renowned generation of photographers, died at the early age of 29.

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Hasselblad Award 2017


The Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography is a renowned photography prize that is awarded every year for extraordinary performances. The award, which is considered to be the most significant in photography worldwide, is organized by the Hasselblad Foundation and worth about 100,000 €.

The list of award winners includes big names such as Henri Cartier-Bresson (1982), Irving Penn (1985) and Cindy Sherman (1999). This year the famous award was given to Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra.

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Alex Bernasconi shows us the world of penguins


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For most people Antarctica remains a mystery. Only few of us have been there already or could possibly imagine traveling there one day. Because rationally speaking Antarctica definitely isn’t a cozy place for human-beings. Barren, cold and inhospitable. It certainly wasn’t on Mother Nature’s mind to make human-beings settle on the South Pole and so they never did. Until today people only go to the South Pole in order to do some research there. However, it’s very different with creatures living in Antarctica.  Such as penguins. They feel very well in Antarctica and live there in big colonies.

Alex Bernasconi, a world-renowned and successful wildlife photographer from Italy, in his amazing pictures of Antarctica shows us how incredibly big and fascinating these penguin colonies really are.

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SIGMA NEWS – 4 new lenses


Attention guys! There’s some big news coming from SIGMA again! Only this week four new lenses were presented at this year’s CP+ in Japan. We’re happy about two fixed focal length lenses from the Art series and two zoom lenses.

SIGMA 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art:

This lens is the first and only F 1.8 with an ultra-wide angle. This provides photographers unforeseen new and creative prospects and, thanks to the enormous light intensity, a high resolution subject with a very shallow depth of field. The best requirements to capture some impressive subjects! This Art series lens is perfect for landscape and architecture photography as well as for astrophotography.

SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Art:

Also new is this popular lens. A fixed focal length range of 24-70mm makes it an absolute all-rounder! This lens masters travel and documentary photography as well as portrait and wildlife photography.

SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary:

The SIGMA 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM is the only lens among the four newcomers that’s not part of the Art but of the Contemporary series. According to the description this lens convinces with a good optical performance and with a very compact build quality. This ensures that the ultra-telephoto lens can produce top quality pictures and due to its light design it can be a fantastic companion for every sort of adventure.

SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art:

Another very promising newcomer from Sigma is the SIGMA 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art. With a light intensity of F1.8 this lens perfectly matches SIGMA’s Art series. It is said to convince with an excellent photo quality for the entire image field and it sets new standards for comparable telephoto lenses. When producing this lens manufacturers specifically focused on reducing longitudinal chromatic aberration in order to guarantee impressive bokeh. All this makes the lens ideal for wildlife, travel and portrait photography.

Fabulous science photography


Science can be so incredibly dry. That’s what I often thought during my studies. And I think everyone can understand what I mean. Well. This year’s competition for the best science photo, which takes place for the second time and is organized by the renowned British Royal Society, proves the opposite.

 The awarded photos look so fabulous and dreamy as if they’d been taken from a Disney movie. But take a look for yourselves – and get enchanted by the stunning beauty of science. Here I’ve chosen my favorites for you, but you can find more photos on the website of the Royal Society.

 Prizes were awarded in the following categories:

  • Behavior
  • Ecology and Environmental Sciences
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Micro-imaging

Beyond that the overall winner was awarded as well. Deservedly. I think. Because Imre Potyó captured the flight of mayflies at night. The photo was taken at the Danube River in Hungary. While the stars, which we like to associate with a very big time span, shine in the background, these incredibly short-lived insects sparkle in the foreground.

Dancing with stars “The nuptial dance of mayflies” / Imre Potyó

bild2“In a world without colour” / Tane Sinclair-Taylor ( Category winner: Ecology and Environmental Science)

bild3“In balance“ / María Carbajo Sánchez (Category winner: Micro-imaging)

bild4“Departing eagle ray“ / Nick Robertson-Brown (Category winner: Evolutionary Biology)

bild5“In search of food“ / Jonathan Diaz-Marba  (2nd place winner in the category: Behavior)

bild6“Butterflies and caiman“ / Mark Cowan

Off the beaten track with Sightsmap


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Are you also one of those people, who always have their camera or their smartphone on hand? Ready any time to take a photo, no matter if you are walking around your own city or traveling the world? I’m definitely one of those people. Whenever I leave the house, I’m looking for my next photo motive and since I’m living in one of the most photogenic cities in the world, my memory cards are full within only a few hours.

When I’m traveling it’s even worse. I’m often catching myself shooting exactly those buildings or places, which were snapped by millions of people before me. “Photo hotspots”, so to speak. As a result, my pictures are often pretty identical to those of millions of other photographers and that is exactly what I don’t want them to be. This is way I started to search for the most photographed places in the world and then NOT take a picture of them. 😉

Sightsmap is the perfect tool for that mission. Like an infrared camera it shows you the “hottest” , meaning, the most photographed, places in the world. There have been pretty amazing findings already, also about human behavior. For example, the map made obvious, that most humans do stick to the beaten paths and therefore, most of us experience and see the same things while traveling. That is a pretty scary insight for me. That’s why I decided to walk off the beaten path and to take more photos of places and sights, that aren’t on top of the Sightsmap ranking.  Who knows what Photo treasures I will find?! 😉

Ansel Adams


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“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.“

That’s only one of many great quotes about Ansel Adams’s photography. Ansel Easton Adams was born in San Francisco, California, in 1902 and died in 1984. He was a US photographer and counts among the most popular and most important photographers in the world. He owes his popularity to his impressive landscape and nature photographs.

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